The famous song "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music was named after the Edelweiss, the flower; the great popularity of the song in the movie, led to the mistaken belief that it is the national anthem of Austria (much like the popular song "Waltzing Matilda" is widely incorrectly believed to be the national anthem of Australia). However, the song was written specifically for the musical, The Sound of Music
The music was written by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and was the final song that the great duo wrote together.
See also: Austrian folk dancing
- http://www.usscouts.org/songs/songbk2a.html (the words of the song)
- http://ingeb.org/Lieder/edelweis.html (the words of the song in English and German)
Last updated: 05-25-2005 06:22:48
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